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EFF Leader Julius Malema Says His Party Wants a South Africa Without Borders

Should the EFF win the upcoming May elections, South Africa will no longer have any borders.

The leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Julius Malema, said that should his party come to govern South Africa, it will do away with the country's borders. He emphasized that this show of pan-Africanism would aid in eventually putting an end to the xenophobic violence directed to African foreign nationals and foster a sense of unity.


Today, in an interview with political analyst and Radio 702 host Eusebius McKaiser, Malema said:

"Borders will not be there when the EFF is in government...If we speak decolonization of education and other things, that must include the borders...The truth is when we are done fighting the foreigners, there will be a tribal war. There still will not be jobs, you still won't get that woman you want because you will still be afraid to propose."

Malema's comments are in stark contrast to those expressed by the opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), as well as the ruling African National Congress (ANC).

In recent times, the ANC has expressed increasingly xenophobic rhetoric under the guise of wanting to "toughen up measures" against undocumented African foreign nationals. Mmusi Maimane, the leader of the DA, has reasoned that the rampant corruption within South Africa and the illegal movement of large sums of money is precisely because of a lack of proper border control.

Last month, South Africa experienced an eruption of xenophobic violence in the city of Durban where Malawians were physically attacked, displaced from their homes and their businesses broken into and looted.


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Listen to 10 Great Songs From Johnny Clegg

Here are some of the best songs to remember South Africa's son of the soil.

Yesterday, it was confirmed that South African musician, Johnny Clegg, passed away after a long battle with cancer.

Understandably, heartfelt tributes have been pouring in ever since. Long before it was cool (or even legal) to be in close proximity to blackness and anything attached to it in South Africa, Clegg, a white man, was doing just that. That is exactly why he was given the endearing title of South Africa's "son of the soil."

Growing up during Apartheid, Clegg was taught how to speak the Zulu language by a domestic worker named Charlie Mzila. In his teenage years, his appreciation for the Zulu culture continued and he soon learnt the traditional dance styles known as isishameni and also learnt how to play the Maskandi guitar. Clegg's music was a beacon of light during a very dark time in South Africa's history and his songs about Nelson Mandela (at a time where songs were banned for merely mentioning the name of the late statesman and other key struggle activists) brought the country together.

It is irrefutable that a music giant has fallen. However, Clegg leaves behind a wealth of music featuring other great South African artists and groups such as Zakwe, Brenda Fassie, Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela and Juluka/Suvuka, among several others. His music undeniably brought South Africans and people all around the world together.

We've picked ten of our favorite songs from the late musician's discography in honor of a life that was lived to the fullest.

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The 12 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Stonebwoy, Mahmoud Ahmed, Tiwa Savage x Zlatan, Africa Express, Juls x Mr Eazi and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our Best Music of the Week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

Check out all of OkayAfrica's new playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Beyoncé Wore These 2 African Designers in Her Music Video for 'Spirit'

Queen Bey continues to include and give a nod to African talent in her visuals.

As we draw even closer to Disney's The Lion King opening in theaters this week, Beyoncé continues to lead the way with her new music video for "Spirit"—the first single off of the film's album she produced and curated, The Lion King: The Gift.

Shot in the Havasu Falls in Arizona's Grand Canyon, Beyoncé and her legion of beautiful dancers are one with nature and its various elements as she beckons us to be brave and hear the calling of spirit. As we noted when she announced the album, the track opens with a call and response in Swahili that translates to "Long live the king": Uishi kwa mda mrefu mfalme—uishi kwa.

Keeping our eyes peeled for African influences in the music video, it's evident that is seen in the choreography. We even spotted our extended fam with the afrobeats moves—the AVO Boys: Stephen Ojo and Caleb Bonney—as two of her dancers in the video.

Beyoncé continues to also give a nod to African talent through the looks she donned in "Spirit" styled by her mainstay, Zerina Akers.

Take a look at the two African designers she wore in the video below.

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